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Dodging a bullet

With the start of school a matter of weeks away, Kansas educators are breathing a little easier now. The U.S. Department of Education Thursday approved state's request for a waiver from portions of the controversial federal No Child Left Behind law.

July 20, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


HEARING THEM OUT

Editor's note: This is the first of two stories about Thursday's candidates' forum, and features comments by candidates for the Legislature. Part II will appear in Sunday's Great Bend Tribune and will include remarks from candidates for Barton County sheriff, county treasurer and county commissioner.

July 19, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


​BCC trustees publish budget

The Barton Community College Board of Trustees on Thursday approved next year's operating budget and publication of a proposed budget. The estimated local tax would be 32.77 mills, similar to the last two years.

July 19, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


More than just a birthday party

Editors note: This is part two of a series about the tradition of quinceaneras, a coming of age celebration for young women of Hispanic decent. Last week, the focus was on the religious elements, and today the focus is on the party and all the trimmings. Great Bend's population includes 20 percent people of hispanic decent, according to the 2010 U.S. Census. Quinceñeras are a popular custom celebrated often during the late spring through early fall months.

July 19, 2012 | Veronica Coons | News


Suspicious house fire under investigation

This article was updated Friday afternoon.

July 19, 2012 | | News


Crisis Center receives grant for victim support

TOPEKA – The Great Bend-based Family Crisis Center was awarded a grant for its crime victim and witness program, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced Thursday.

July 19, 2012 | BY STAFF REPORTS | News


BCSO recovers stolen items

PAWNEE ROCK - Barton County Sheriff's Office reports some property stolen from an unoccupied home in Pawnee Rock and from a church there was recovered Wednesday evening.

July 19, 2012 | | News


Burglaries plaguing Barton County

PAWNEE ROCK -- The Barton County Sheriff's Office was summoned to the 400 block of Pawnee Ave. at 10 p.m. Tuesday, when someone reported hearing sounds coming from an abandoned residence and saw a "blue-type truck" at the residence. Deputies checked the residence but found no signs of entry. This was the same block where a burglary of another unoccupied residence was reported on Monday.

July 18, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Flooring project at GBMS nearing completion

Flooring installers at Great Bend Middle School are making headway on the project that will give a modern look to the hallways and classrooms of the school by the time enrollment begins on August 1. Installation of carpeting squares in classrooms and the library is complete, and work is underway in offices.

July 18, 2012 | Veronica Coons | News


Wellness Program gets nod from school board

USD 428 school board members okayed a new wellness program at a Wednesday morning meeting July 18. The program was introduced at the regular monthly meeting July 12. It will be open to both current and retired employees. By taking part in the program, participants receive a maximum of $50 per-month reduction in the monthly premium for their health insurance.

July 18, 2012 | Veronica Coons | News


Ellinwood natives bike home

ELLINWOOD - With sirens whistling and bikers and runners, Ellinwood greeted natives Joshwa McMullen and Ben Reser as they completed their bike ride from Pueblo, Colo. to Ellinwood on Wednesday morning just in time for the After Harvest Festival.

July 18, 2012 | Karen LaPierre | News


Barton enrollments continue to climb

Barton Community College spring enrollment increased more than 9 percent in the past year, according to information from the Kansas Board of Regents. Fall enrollment grew by 5 percent, compared to the previous year.

July 17, 2012 | BY TRIBUNE STAFF | News


Owners report burglars gut Pawnee Rock home

PAWNEE ROCK - Burglars got away with the kitchen sink – and the counters and cabinets, as well as an entire bathroom and other items, the owners of a fully remodeled Pawnee Rock house reported Monday. In fact, Chris and Kristina Frost say the home they restored a few years ago was gutted while it sat unoccupied.

July 17, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Local teen plans cystic fibrosis walk

Taylor Latham, who will start her junior year at Great Bend High School next month, has spent her summer vacation on a mission.

July 17, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


Huelskamp staff to host office hours in area counties

The Kansas offices of Congressman Tim Huelskamp announced that district staff will host local office hours in 46 towns across Kansas' Big First.

July 17, 2012 | | News


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Whooping cough outbreak hits Barton County

With five current cases of whooping cough and one fatality from the disease in the past month, Barton County is now in the throws of a pertussis outbreak, Health Director Shelly Schneider said Monday morning.

January 26, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Barton showcases campus on Senior Day

In colloquial terms, "senioritis" is defined as an ebbing of motivation and effort by school seniors as they move closer to graduation. The opposite might be dubbed "senior excite-is," a condition in evidence Saturday at Senior Day on the Barton Community College campus.

January 24, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


United Way of Central Kansas tops goal

United Way of Central Kansas Executive Director Julie Bugner Smith had good news for her board members and campaign co-chairs Wednesday. She announced that the 2015 fundraising drive had met and surpassed its goal.

January 23, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Commission OKs Community Corrections staff increase

It is much cheaper for an offender to be to be supervised than it is to throw them in jail. For that reason and due to increasing demands for its services, the short-handed Central Kansas Community Corrections requested the addition of an extra supervisor.

January 23, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


ALL OUT OF OPTIONS

TOPEKA – Seven-year-old Owen Klug suffers from a severe form of epilepsy and endures dozens of seizures every day.

January 23, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


​Driver seriously injured in rollover

The Barton County Sheriff's Office is investigating an injury accident that occurred at approximately 1:30 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 23, in the 100 block of NE 10 Road.

January 23, 2015 | | News


Suspicious fire destroys home

A two-story home in rural Barton County was destroyed by fire Thursday afternoon.

January 23, 2015 | By TRIBUNE STAFF | News


Stafford suspect escapes search

STAFFORD - A suspect wanted on arrest warrants fled to Pratt County and escaped a search from various law enforcement agencies south of Stafford Wednesday evening.

January 22, 2015 | | News


Ticket to Work helps people with disabilities find jobs

People of central Kansas who are on Social Security disability have a new partner available who can help transition them to long-term employment. Rosewood Services has contracted with Social Security to become an Employment Network for the five-county service area of Barton, Pawnee, Rice, Rush and Stafford counties.

January 22, 2015 | By TRIBUNE STAFF | News


BCC sets new teacher credential standards

Barton Community College will change its polices on faculty credentials to comply with changes in Kansas Board of Regents regulations, BCC Vice President Dr. Penny Quinn told the college's board of trustees on Thursday. Now, off-campus instructors will need to have the same minimum credentials as full-time faculty.

January 22, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Health Department wants to boost HPV vaccination rates

The Barton County Health Department has been chosen to participate in the Kansas Foundation for Medical Care Human Papillomavirus Vaccine Initiative, Health Director Shelly Schneider said.

January 22, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Two cars stolen, recovered

Two cars were stolen Wednesday in what appears to be related cases. Both vehicles have been recovered by the Great Bend Police Department, Detective David Bailey said Thursday.

January 22, 2015 | | News


Winter isn’t over yet

Although the Golden Belt area has experienced a warm-up over the weekend, Barton County Emergency Risk Manager Amy Miller cautions that winter weather can return at any time to the area.

January 22, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Out of the Morgue

Each week we'll take a step back into the history of Great Bend through the eyes of reporters past. We'll reacquaint you with what went into creating the Great Bend of today, and do our best to update you on what "the rest of the story" turned out to be.

January 21, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


​Vehicles collide in Russell County

RUSSELL - A Russell man was taken to Russell Regional Hospital with a possible injury on Tuesday after vehicles collided on U.S. 281, 2 miles south of Russell.

January 21, 2015 | | News


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